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Friday, 12 November 2010

International Network for the Illicit Sale of Kidneys Uncovered In Kosovo

Interpol exposed the activities of an international network for the illegal sale of kidneys by a clinic in Kosovo, a BBC television report said on Friday. According to prosecutors in the EU, the members of the gang, which included five Kosovar Albanians, an Israeli, and a Turk, in 2008, transported people from Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey to clinics in Kosovo to remove kidneys for transplantation. Most of the victims of the gang were people “living in extreme poverty”. In Kosovo, they promised 14,500 euros (612,567 Roubles 19,858 USD 12,310 UK Pounds) for a kidney, then, the organs were sold at prices ranging from 80,000 to 100,000 euros (3.38-4.225 million Roubles 109,559-136,949 USD 67,916-84,895 UK Pounds). One of the accused had previously held “a high post in the Ministry of Health of Kosovo”. The Israeli stands accused of “recruiting and transporting victims and the Turk is accused of undertaking operations in a private clinic in Kosovo for the purpose of organ harvesting. In 2008, the clinic was closed on suspicion of conducting illegal operations. Interpol issued warrants for their arrest on charges of organ smuggling, organising a criminal group in charge of illegal medical activity, and abuse of office. All the accused are now on the run, according to Interfax.

12 November 2010

Voice of Russia World Service



Retired Bishop to Establish “New Church?”

Filed under: Christian,Kosovo,Orthodox hierarchs,religious,Serbia — 01varvara @ 00.00

Retired Bishop Artemije Radosavljević (1935- ), former ruling bishop of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren, removed for the financial shenanigans of his underlings.


Retired Bishop Artemije Radosavljević has informed the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) that he will establish a “new church” if he is not allowed to be the ruling bishop of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren.

The SPC is still in turmoil over the case of Bishop Artemije. Less than a week ahead of the SPC Sobor, the Synod received a letter from the retired bishop and his followers, which threatened to establish a new church in the spirit of St Sava if Artemije is not allowed to return to his position as head of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren. Bishop Artemije refused to accept the punishment imposed by top church officials, according to which he is not allowed to perform duties as a priest. It is expected that his threats will be the main topic of the SPC Sobor that will begin on Wednesday. Even though the retired bishop doesn’t have an appreciable number of followers, he still has significant support from his fellow bishops. After forcing Artemije to retire, the SPC Sobor sent him to the Šišatovac Monastery in the Diocese of Srem, which headed by one of his supporters, Bishop Vasilije Vadić. Bishop Artemije, however, did not want to comment on his letter to the Synod.

On the other hand, Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović is aware of the letter’s content and his cabinet expects the Synod to take a stand on the issue at today’s session. It is unclear whether they will announce their position today. The patriarch is trying to maintain unity within the Church, according to sociologist of religion Mirko Đorđević, therefore, he expects that threats of the former bishop will be the main topic of both this and the next Sobor. Artemije has support of the monks from the Crna Reka Monastery, known for using physical force and punishment in rehabilitation of drug addicts, and monks from Kosovo who refuse to serve under new the diocesan administration. Bishop Artemije could still lose his rank in a church court, due to insubordination and suspicions that he committed financial embezzlement when he headed the Diocese of Raška-Prizren. He was first relieved as the ruling bishop of the diocese in October of 2009, and was then forced to retire in May in order to avoid going to a church court. Three days ago, Artemije testified at a trial of his secretary, who is charged with embezzling church funds, and said that everything had been done in accordance with the law in the Diocese of Raška-Prizren.

12 November 2010



Miller Campaign Continues Nasty Attitude Counting Ballots… That’s the Tea Party For Ya!

Filed under: Alaska,politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Joe Miller (1967- ), Sarah Palin’s handpicked candidate for the US Senate in Alaska. He’s the face of the Tea Party. Don’t be fooled… evil is never ugly and obvious… it’s “nice”, pedestrian, and banal… it’s why we must be vigilant. Just look at Mormons and Pentecostalists…


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According to the Anchorage Daily News, Miller hoped to win the Senate seat by means of a federal lawsuit which he filed on 9 November. In the lawsuit, Miller v. Campbell, Miller asked the federal court to throw out all write-in ballots that did not correctly spell Murkowski’s name. He also asked for an immediate cessation of the counting of the write-ins, but this request was denied. Votes which are being challenged by Miller’s team are being kept in separate boxes as evidence for the the lawsuit.


This should prove, even for the slow learners, that the Tea Party is nothing but a feral and nasty pack of corporate buccaneer-backed opportunists. Joe Miller should concede with dignity. Why hasn’t he? There are two reasons. One is that he’s a “Christian”; actually, he’s nothing of the sort, he’s an Americanist Sectarian, which means that he lacks any true Christian notions of justice and chivalry. Sectarians aren’t Christians… we shouldn’t expect them to hold a Christian point of view. Sectarianism is nothing but a religious apologia for “American Democracy” of the most radical sort, therefore, to expect any actual conservative and legitimatist behaviour from them is fruitless.

Secondly, it’s nothing but Sarah Palin continuing her bootless feud with the Murkowski family. Do you need proof that Ms Palin is twisted and without scruples? Do look at the nasty tantruming of the Miller campaign… and reflect on the fact he’s nothing but a sock puppet for Sarah Palin. Don’t forget, she’s a Pentecostalist, an American version of the Khlysty… that is, she’s a virulent bezpopovtsy of the worst sort, a person with no links to Classical Christianity at all. Never let religiosity and religious rhetoric fool you… Sectarianism and Christianity are total strangers to one another (and do note that some of the most fanatic teabaggers are Mormons, Pentecostalists, and “Evangelicals”… Sectarians all).

Shame on all Orthodox Christians who supported, and who voted for, Tea Party candidates. You voted against Christ… there’s no other way of putting it. This also goes for the clerical gentleman who has a link to Rush Limbaugh on his website. As the Tea Party is deeply sectarian, it’s anti-Christ to the core. As Deacon Andrei Kuraev put it so well, Orthodoxy is fine music made in the conservatoire, [Evangelical] Protestantism is low music made in the honky-tonk bars. Don’t ever mistake religiosity for Christianity… your life DOES depend upon it.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 12 November 2010

Albany NY

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